Thursday, September 30, 2010

Painting the Lead Pile Part One: Orcs

My stuff finally arrived on the moving truck, which included my lead (and plastic) pile of miniatures that I want to start painting down.  I thought the easiest way to at least start would be to focus on one area and then get it down before moving on.  The most obvious place to start is my orcs.
Most of my orcs came from a huge mass purchase when a gaming store in western Ohio shut down and offered everything at a discount.  A few others came from a trade with a friend (my arch-rival and oft-missed friend Vince).  Here's a picture of the pile (apologies for the poor quality).
More waah than Waagh
As you can see, there are miniatures that are finished (far left), miniatures that are mostly painted (top), miniatures that are primed (middle), and miniatures that are unprimed and still on sprues (center and bottom right).  I'm not going to count the ones that are painted towards my painting pile goal of 360 miniatures, but I do plan to score some "cheap painting points" by touching up the mostly painted ones.  In my mind, it's not done until it is matte sealed and flocked.  That will hopefully get me enough momentum to get me through the whole lot.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wargames Factory Shock Troopers camo test finished

Wargames Factory Shock Troopers
I finished painting and dipping the first sprue of Shock Troopers in my "WW2 rangers" camo theme.  I haven't bothered basing them; my basing materials haven't arrived at my new home and I don't feel like buying new ones if they will be arriving soon.  Having done the basecoating and dipping, I like the look of these guys.  They won't win any awards, but it is pretty easy to do.
That having been said, I'm also not sure it is how I want to paint a whole army.  I may change gears and paint some other things and see how this scheme grows on me or if I get a different inspiration.  Comments appreciated.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Shock Trooper camo test continued

First, welcome to my two newest followers to this blog, "Dr. Willett's Workshop" and "cooey2ph."  I hope you find things interesting here.
After a bit of a painting lull I strapped myself to my painting table to did the block painting on two more Shock Troopers from Wargames Factory, both in the "Rangers" camo scheme as I am calling it.  They are not finished by any means; I would like to highlight the guns a lighter gray, paint the mask lenses, and do a little detail work.  Then it is off to the dip, hopefully by tonight.
Wargames Factory Shock Troopers

Friday, September 17, 2010

Vikings, part 4

I finally acquired some wood finish and basing material in my new homestead, and quickly put them to work finishing off the Viking sampler set from Wargames Factory.  Here's the result:

Vikings, finished
As you can see, it makes a big difference, both in adding shading and toning down the bright colors.  It is nice to get these guys finished.  I don't know if I want to turn to doing some of the Shock Troopers, or something else.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

360 Miniatures

By my count, this is how many miniatures are on "The Lead Pile": 360 miniatures.  Small by some people's standards, high by others (including, albeit quietly, Mrs. WQRobb).  I have begun to try to get the pile down a bit before jumping into any new miniatures purchases.  My goals?

  1. Continue to improve my painting technique
  2. Eliminate at least a good portion of the unpainted miniatures in my collection
  3. Have fun and enjoy the hobby
I'm considering some sort of incentive, like being able to add more things to the pile as I take them off (buy 1 for every 2 painted or something) but we'll see.

In the meantime, I added a page detailing the Lead Pile. You can find in the "Pages" bar at the top.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The First Recruit

Wargames Foundry "Shock Trooper"

I purchased three box sets of these for my three-month reward for my diet (or was it one, I can't remember) and I'm finally getting around to painting one.  I still lack wood finish and basing materials at my new home; for that matter, I still lack a new home!  But I am trying out some color schemes.  This one is a pretty straightforward, traditional color pattern, which looks very "WW2 Army Ranger" in my mind.  I don't like the "squinty" eyes on the "snowtrooper" helmets, but I also didn't want to go with the gas-mask ones, because I like bucking the trend sometimes.

In any case, please feel free to comment on how you like the colors.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Vikings, part 3

Fully painted
I finished doing the paint job on the Viking Sampler set from Wargames Factory.  Normally at this point I would hit it with a wood finish wash and flock the bases, but I don't have my wood finish and my basing materials with me.  Right now I'm living (hobby wise) off of what I could cram into a small box.  Hopefully i'll finish them up in a week or two, but I'm just feeling good to have gotten them fully painted, because I haven't been able to close on my new home and so I'm living in someone else's house, etc.

Next up: the beginning of my Shock Troops.


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